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Enloe H.S. Grad Has Film Career Even Before Going To College

Posted June 3, 2003 2:56 a.m. EDT

— Raleigh's Enloe High School celebrated its graduation Monday morning at the Civic Center. For senior John Roberts, the walk across the platform was bittersweet.

John Roberts has lived a big life by any standard. He has produced his own TV show for the past six years.

"The Big Bad Show. I started it in the sixth grade," he said.

Roberts said he has done three movies that have been shown at the Rialto Theater. Cable companies are also interested in his work and he has just received the equivalent of a national Emmy.

"My parents have been nothing but supportive," he said. "Their opinion matters the most to me."

However, his lifelong dream was interrupted after he lost his mother in April after her long battle with cancer.

"She's the reason I started doing video," John said. "I think about what she would be proud of now and that's what I try to do."

"He knows that his mother supported him 100 percent for everything that he did, and so she would want to continue doing that and John has done that," said David Roberts, John's father.

Pressing on through the pain, John said his goal is clear.

"What I try to do is to live her legacy out as best I can, which is impossible, but I'm doing the best that I can," he said.

Roberts will attend the North Carolina School of the Arts this fall to study TV production. He hopes to pursue a career in the motion picture industry.